Bacon Jalapeno Tequila Jam Burger with Fontina

I recently was sent some bacon by a company right here in Alabama called Bill-E’s Small Batch Bacon. It’s artisanal bacon that apparently songwriters have serenaded to.

When I received it, I had to sample it, of course, and because this bacon is so superior I had to make something superior.
This burger exceeded my expectations.

This was beyond what I even set out to do. One thing led to another, and before I knew it I was making a bacon jalapeno tequila jam. I also made a homemade pretzel bun for this burger and melted lovely fontina cheese on top.

Fresh tomato and fresh Italian parsley rounded this badass burger out.

I can’t really describe to you just how delicious this is. I actually had all kinds of plans for this bacon when I received it, but none of the ideas really blew me away. I tried a couple, and I wasn’t impressed at all. So, I went with the advice of a close friend that said, “Do what you do best”.

I should have thought of that to begin with.

Here’s the thing. Apparently, I’m a burger girl. I have 30+ original burger recipes, most documented on this blog, and I had the fantastic opportunity to compete last year in the burger division at World Food Championships. I absolutely LOVE coming up with new ways to transform the typical burger into something really special.

Now…let’s talk about this bacon.
It’s not regular grocery store bacon.
This stuff is thick, fragrant, and the marbling is so perfect.

This is my bacon jalapeno tequila jam. I can’t tell you exactly how I came up with this concoction – but it was spectacular.
The tequila gave this a slight edge, but wasn’t overwhelming at all. The maple aspect, the bacon, tequila…it all meshed together perfectly.

I added mayo to this burger mixture, because it makes it extra moist. Don’t be afraid of it; the burger itself won’t have a mayonnaise taste.
Go here to check out Bill-E’s Bacon.

Here’s your printable –

Bacon Jalapeno Tequila Jam Burger with Fontina

Ingredients

  • This pretzel dough recipe
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 jalapenos, diced
  • 2 ounces quality tequila
  • 1/2 pound Bill-E's Bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons maple flavored butter
  • 1 pound ground round
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ripe tomato, sliced
  • Fresh Italian leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • Fontina cheese, sliced

Instructions

  • Make pretzel buns according to directions; but add chopped bacon to half of the dough (you won't use all of this dough for the burger recipe)
  • Make bacon jam by bringing olive oil over medium heat and adding garlic, salt, onion, jalapenos and tequila.
  • Lower heat to medium low and saute until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant.
  • Add bacon and maple butter, stir and cover.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring, and turn heat off.
  • Combine ground round, mayo and Worcestershire, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Form into 4 burgers.
  • Grill or pan fry to desired doneness, add cheese and leave over heat until it melts; remove.
  • Build burger by adding parsley and a tomato slice on a the bottom of a sliced pretzel bun, add burger, and top with bacon jam and pretzel bun top.

Notes

If you can't find maple flavored butter, simply add a tbsp of maple syrup to regular unsalted butter.

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2 Comments:

  1. This burger is SERIOUS! It looks delicious! And I love your tip about adding mayo to the burger- great idea! I wish you, burger girl, were my next-door neighbor so I could sample all your creations. 🙂

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